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Rivers Gone From Chargers, XFL Debut But Kaepernick Too Expensive

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The Los Angeles Chargers officially “mutually parted ways” with quarterback Philip Rivers. No word yet on where he’ll end up, but Rivers recently moved his large family to Florida, so it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the odds-on favorite. The 38-year old Rivers said that wherever he ends up, he’ll play for a maximum of 2 years.

The NFL season is over, but the newly revised XFL had its officially debut last weekend. The new League markets itself as  “fan-first, ultra-accessible, and true to the game”. The League consists of 8 teams playing in a ten-week regular season and two-week postseason. You’ll see some recognizable names on the field of players who for various reasons haven’t been able to find a spot in the NFL.  The one player you won’t see, however, is Colin Kaepernick. According to the Commissioner Oliver Luck when asked about Kaepernick , “I’m saying that we spoke with his representative, and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”

 

 

 

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Irvin Says Brady For Prescott Being Discussed, Kobe Honored At Oscars, Duke/UNC Rivalry

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In a shocking interview on Friday, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin shared a “shocking” conversation he had during Super Bowl week involving the idea of the Cowboys trading quarterback Dak Prescott for the Patriots Tom Brady. Irvin said, “I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction. It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.”

In other NFL news, former wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry won an Academy Award for his animated short film “Hair Love” which follows an African American father attempting to style his daughter’s hair for the first time. In accepting his award, Cherry dedicated his Oscar to Kobe Bryant. Spike Lee also honored Kobe wearing a gold and purple suit with Kobe’s jersey number, 24.

 

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On Saturday, Duke and North Carolina took their rivalry to a whole new level. North Carolina took the lead for most of the game, but the Blue Devils forced an overtime and that’s where the fun really began. The game ended with a no-call in Duke’s favor and a winning layup at the buzzer giving the No. 7th ranked Duke the 98-96 win over the Tar Heels.

 

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Dodgers Sign Mookie Betts, Cohen Deal For Mets In Jeopardy, 12 Year Old Star Of Super Bowl

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The LA Dodgers added some spark to their roster by signing superstar right-fielder and former MVP Mookie Betts. After a first-round exit in last year’s postseason, the Dodgers wanted to show they are serious by acquiring Betts from the Boston Red Sox. They also signed former Cy Young winner David Price and assumed the bulk of his $96 million salary. It’s been 32 years since the Dodgers won the World Series.

In other baseball news, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s deal to purchase the New York Mets might be in jeopardy. Cohen was slated to spend $2.6 billion to buy 80% of the team, but according to the New York Post, the negotiations have stalled.

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Many fans were wondering who was the charismatic kid starring in the “NFL Next 100” and running on to the field to kick off Super Bowl LIV. He’s a 13-year old named MaxwellBuncheYoung who plays football in LA, broke the 10 year old world record for the 100-yard dash (12.4 seconds), and at the age of 11 was named the Sports Illustrated Kids “SportsKid of the Year” award. He’s already received a scholarship from the University of Illinois to play football after he graduates high school.

 

 

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Mets “Mutually Part Ways” With Beltran Over Scandal, Warrant Issued For Odell Beckham Jr.

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The fallout from the MLB sign-stealing scandal continues. The New York Mets announced they are “mutually parting ways” with Carlos Beltran (the recently named Manager of the Mets who played for the Mets from 2005 to 2911). According to the MLB report, “Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.”

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The New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for battery after he slapped a police officer in the rear. The incident took place after Monday night’s LSU win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Red Sox “Part Ways” With Cora, OBJ Hands Out Cash To LSU Players

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The Major League Baseball sign-stealing drama continues. After the Astros fired their GM and Manager on Monday, the Red Sox have now agreed to “part ways” with their manager Alex Cora. Cora participated in the cheating scandal when he was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 and possibly in 2018 when he was the manager with the Red Sox.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (a former LSU player and current Cleveland Brown wide receiver) created an online buzz when he was seen handing out what appeared to be cash to LSU players after they won the College Football National Championship. Turns out the cash wasn’t real, but it was a fun celebration to watch.

 

 

 

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Burrow’s 6 TD’s, LSU Wins College Football Championship, Astros Fire Personnel For Scandal

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With six touchdowns, Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Joe Burrow led LSU to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Championship.

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Major League Baseball came down hard on the Houston Astros for their role in a sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season where they won the World Series. The Astros will have to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021 and will be fined $5 million. Due to the severity of the issue, team owner Jim Crane fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hunch.

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Giants And Panthers Hire New Head Coaches

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The New York Giants have reportedly offered Joe Judge the head coaching spot. The 38 year old Judge was previously the wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots and was mentored by Alabama coach Nick Saban.

In other coaching news, the Carolina Panthers hired former Baylor coach Matt Rhule to a seven-year contract worth from $60-$70 million.

 

 

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Cowboys Hire Mike McCarthy, Bachelor In Paradise Alums Accused Of Cheating

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After finally reporting on Sunday they were not bringing back head coach Jason Garrette, the Dallas Cowboys didn’t waste any time announcing their new hire, Mike McCarthy. McCarthy was hired as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and led them to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. Even though he took the Packers to the playoffs in 9 out of 13 seasons, he was fired mid-season in 2018. The Cowboys also hired linebackers coach Mike Nolan away from the New Orleans Saints and made him their defensive coordinator.

In other football-related news, former contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, have been accused of “pooling” their entries in DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker Contest. Allegations surfaced after Roper won the $1 million dollar first prize. Roper and Tolbert met on Bachelor in Paradise, got married and have two children.

 

 

 

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Iconic Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away, Alabama & Oregon Prevail In Weekend Bowl Games

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away on January 1st after suffering a brain hemorrhage a month ago while dining at a restaurant in NY. Stern served as the commissioner from 1984-2014 and is credited with growing professional basketball into a global powerhouse. Current commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement saying, “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.

“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads. But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.” David Stern was 77 years old.

In one of the anticipated weekend Bowl games, Alabama prevailed 35-16 over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Alabama QB Mac Jones (who took over for an injured Tua Tagovailoa) threw for three touchdowns, while Jerry Jeudy ran over 200 yards, the first Alabama player to achieve that feat in a bowl game.

In the Rose Bowl, Oregon pulled out a 28-27 victory over Wisconsin thanks in part to UW’s four turnovers, three fumbles and one interception. The win marks Oregon’s third consecutive Rose Bowl victory.

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LSU Vs Clemson In College Football Finals, SF Clinches #1 Spot, Patriots Slide, Packers Ugly Win

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The #1 LSU Tigers trounced Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl to advance to the finals of the College Football Playoffs. LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, led the team to a 63-28 win. The defending champion Clemson, will take on LSU in the National Championship game after their 29-23 semifinal win over Ohio State. The Championship game is on January 13th in New Orleans.

In an exciting weekend of NFL football, the regular season is now behind us and the playoffs are set. In a couple of notable games, the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks in a dramatic goal line tackle and clinched the NFC West allowing them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. San Francisco 26, Seattle 21.

With a shocking 27-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the heavily favored New England Patriots slid from the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs to a wild-card slot.

The Green Bay Packers had to rely on kicker Mason Crosby to squeak out a much-needed win over the Detroit Lions and a first-round bye. Packers 23, Lions 20

For all the other playoff news, click here.

 

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